Life on the edge - the Diary of a C5

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Re: Fifi and Friends. A sort of blog type thing

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La Fifi est mort - vive la Fifi!!!!!
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Ay up!

I've been kinda quiet but that's because i've been reading the Boards, learning about this 'ere C5. The level of techogeekery to make the car drive like a conventional motor is amazing! Lovely to know that Citroen still do quirky.
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Re: The C5 era begins......

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Ay up!

RIP Fifi VI. She's been a goodun to me, put 100,000 miles on the ol' bus.

Rather than post a picture of the mouldering wreck, I've posted instead a picture of her in her pomp.

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Re: The C5 era begins......

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Xantianut wrote: Rather than post a picture of the mouldering wreck, I've posted instead a picture of her in her pomp.
And very nice too!
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Re: The C5 era begins......

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Ay up!

Quick question, mainly due to my relative ignorance of diesel engines.

I have found a full gasket set with a 5 notch head gasket and a full set of bolts for sale at a reasonable price. Is an Elring gasket any good, BTW? However, would fitting a gasket that is thicker than the engine needs cause any problems, other than a slight loss of compression? Will it, for example, cause premature failure, as I have been told?

I won't know what gasket is needed until I get into the engine and measure the piston protusion. Someone has been there before me. One EGR valve bolt is missing and I am expecting to find a turbo nut* missing. So the gasket that's in may not necessarily be the correct one. Of course, if she needs a 5 notch gasket, no worries!

Thanks for the comment re Fifi VI, aka Cati Bach CitroJim. She was a good one to me and it hurt to part with her. :cry: I'll never forget that old bus!

*other than the one behind the wheel of course! :twisted:
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Day 1

Two things have happened today.

Firstly, the screams I heard last night have been explained. Daddy's Wallet was attacking him after he had given a serious bashing. So far the timing kit and head gasket set have arrived with, presumably, a lot more stuff to come. I know for a FACT that he doesn't have a suitable socket to get these head bolts out with! So a few more lumpy parcels to arrive I reckon. Time to put my feet up for a bit.

Or so I thought. He took me to the tip, the second thing. Was I ever relieved that they do not accept vehicles! I thought he was putting the frighteners on me! No, he was just dumping an old scrap computer and some old tire compressors. Whew!

My tummy ache is getting worse.

Should be mended soon. I hope.
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Day 2

A lot of lumpy parcels arrived today. So nearly ready for my overhaul. I'm looking forward to this. Now the parcels are arriving, I'm less likely to be scrapped.

Hang on - what if they're model railway bits and I'm being softened up? Citroen owners do not lie to their cars do they?

No - I'm safe. He's just shown me the timing belt and water pump. And the 4 lb hammer.......
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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:rofl2:
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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I really enjoy your blog entries XN :-D

Keep up the good work and here's to it all going marvellously well on the overhaul front :)
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Ay up!

This is going to be a full top end overhaul. Seeing as there are the valve stem oil seals in the head kit and a valve spring compressor, grinding stick (high tech tools here!) and the paste being less than £20? Daft not to. Especially seeing as another gasket will be £35 with all that kerfuffle?

No brainer innit?
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Xantianut wrote: No brainer innit?
No, but very achy arms after all that valve grinding :lol:
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Yes. The job always given to the apprentice. Don't ask me how I remember that. It was bad enough doing Beetle heads with only 4 valves in each. God knows what a modern 16 or 20 valver must be like.

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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Check out with the old grinding thing. You don't want any hardening or special metal coatings ground off.
Not sure about your C5 Diesel but I would check it out. It is a modern HDI.

I ground the valves about 4 yrs ago on Landrover. The paste has got me out of a few holes. If your spanner fit is not as tight as you would like in an awkward place, put some coarse grinding paste on bolt head. It gives that little bit better fit and grip.........screw driver slots too.
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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northern_mike wrote:God knows what a modern 16 or 20 valver must be like.
I can answer that - it's a real pain......


While I'm here, there appear to be no special coatings on either the valve or the seat. So I can grind happily, if sparingly....
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Re: My Imprisonment - the diary of a C5

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Day 5

Just one parcel today, a very slim one. Daddy hasn't shown me the contents so must be summat to do with his trains.

Hopefully not long now...... [-o<